Bond County, Illinois
TORNADO HITS 3 TOWNS
Big Wind Sweeps Over Hamlets of Illinois-In One of the Places the Judge Adjourns Court in a Hurry-Children Frightened
Greenvill, Ill., Mar.20 – A tornado that passed from northwest to southeast struck New Douglas, Ill., in Madison county, Smithboro and Greenville, Ill., in Bond County, a little before noon Tuesday. Several persons were slightly injured, many buildings were badly damaged and telephone lines were torn down.
In New Douglas the storm frightened the children in the public school and several of them were hurt by falling glass. In Greenville it caused a hasty adjournment of court in the midst of an assault to kill trial.
In Greenville 125 houses were damaged. Of these 75 were wrecked to such an extent that the residents had to seek shelter elsewhere. The storm passed through the east side of the town, where the houses are cottages for the most part. The more substantial residence sections were untouched.
A few business houses were damaged. Most of the losers in the storm are employed in condensed milk manufactories.
In New Douglas, the Prange flouring mill, the largest in that part of Madison county, was wrecked. John Kelley, 16 years old, a pupil in the public school, was so badly cut by flying glass that a physician was called.
At Smithboro several houses were unroofed, but the damage was slight.
At Mulberry Groves, a hamlet near Greenville, a grain elevator was wrecked.[Source: Belleville News Democrat, Vol. 57, Issue 68, Pg. 1, 20 Mar 1912 - Submitted by S. McKnight]
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